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Securities and Exchange Commission v. Diane J. Harrison, et al., Civil Action No. 18-cv-01003 (M.D. Fla., filed April 25, 2018)

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that it filed a civil injunctive action on April 25, 2018, against a lawyer and two other individuals relating to two microcap schemes involving undisclosed “blank check” companies. In separate, settled administrative proceedings, the SEC charged another individual and two public companies related to one of the schemes.

The SEC’s complaint alleges that attorney Diane J. Harrison, Esq. and her husband, Michael J. Daniels, both of Palmetto, Florida, manufactured at least five microcap issuers with the undisclosed intent to sell them based on their status as public companies with purportedly unrestricted shares available for resale in the public markets. According to the complaint, Daniels and Harrison created the false appearance that the companies were pursuing specific business plans with independent management and shareholders by installing friends and family (including defendant Catherine A. Bradaick-Zolla of Sarasota, Florida, who also provided other assistance to the fraud) as purported officers and shareholders. The SEC alleges that, in reality, Daniels and Harrison controlled the shares. According to the complaint, Daniels and Harrison sold four of the five companies to Andy Z. Fan of Las Vegas, Nevada and, along with Bradaick-Zolla, continued to provide support to Fan. For example, the SEC alleges that Daniels, Harrison, and Bradaick-Zolla prepared false SEC filings, Harrison submitted false legal opinion letters, and Daniels and Bradaick-Zolla entered manipulative trades to artificially set the price of the stocks in the public market. The SEC previously issued a stop order on the public offering of the fifth company in Daniels and Harrison’s pipeline.

Fraudulent News Letters Used In Pump-and-Dump Schemes – Boca Raton, Florida Investment and Penny Stock Litigation Attorney

SEC Charges Three Penny Stock Promoters Behind Pump-and-Dump Schemes

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged three penny stock promoters with conducting pump-and-dump schemes involving stocks they were touting in their supposedly independent newsletters.

SEC Order Approving FINRA Rule Change Relative to How Member Firms are Required to Calculate the Value of Unlisted Real Estate Investment Trusts and Direct-Participation Programs:

The Sec has approved FINRA’s plan to overhaul how member firms calculate the value of unlised real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and direct-participation programs (“DPPs”).  Under the new rules – specifically FINRA Rule 2310 – the firms will be required to include on customer account statements a per-share estimated value for any unlisted REIT and DPP securities that they have reason to believe is reliable.  

Firms also will need to make new disclsoures about the nature of the investment, including that they are not traded on a public securities exchange and that the price that the investor receives may be less than the estimated per-shre value.  

Boca Raton, Florida Investment and Advertising Fraud and Misrepresentation FINRA Arbitration and Litigation Attorney:

SEC Charges Staten Island Man With Conducting Fraudulent Offerings and Stealing Investor Funds

The Securities and Exchange Commission trecently charged the operator of an online stock recommendation business with conducting several fraudulent securities offerings and siphoning some of the money raised from investors for a Caribbean vacation and plastic surgery.

Luciano Andres Battioli – Boca Raton, Florida Account Executive Conversion and Theft FINRA Arbitration and Litigation Attorney

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) is a self-regulatory authority assigned the responsibility, by the Securities and Exchange Commission, to license, regulate and discipline securities broker/dealers and their employees, including account executives. In the event that FINRA elects to institute an enforcement action, firms and licensed individuals have the responsibility to reflect such action on their U-4 and/or U-5 filings, which can be viewed on the FINRA website under the broker-check section of the site or by viewing the monthly disciplinary information also provided on the FINRA site.

The monthly disciplinary information is referenced on the FINRA site generally in alphabetical order. This post relates to the following company or individuals. If the reader would like to review the entire FINRA release or the broker-check information concerning this matter, you can follow these highlighted links:

Annuity and Insurance Fraud and Misrepresentation – Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation Litigation and Arbitration Attorney:

SEC Charges Four Insurance Agents in Securities Fraud Targeting Elderly Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced charges against four insurance agents for unlawfully selling securities in what turned out to be a multi-million dollar offering fraud targeting elderly investors.

Florida’s Regulation D and Rule 506 Offering Requirements – Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida Securities Fraud and Misrepresentation FINRA Arbitration, Litigation and Elder Abuse Attorney:

What are Florida’s Regulation D and Rule 506 Offering requirements?

Regulation D and Rule 504 Public Offerings:

Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida Elder and Retirement Financial Abuse FINRA Arbitration and Litigation Attorney:

Elder and retirees should think twice about investing if you spot any of these red flags of investment fraud:

  • Limited history of posts. Fraudsters can set up new accounts specifically designed to carry out their scam while concealing their true identities. Be skeptical of information from social media accounts that lack a history of prior postings or sending messages.

South Palm Beach County, Florida Securities and Transfer Agent Fraud and Misrepresentation Litigation and Arbitration Attorney:

Securities and Exchange Commission v. International Stock Transfer Inc and Cecil Frederick Speight, Civil Action No. 14-cv-4435 (ADS) (E.D.N.Y.)

SEC Charges Florida-Based Transfer Agent and Owner with Scheming Investors

Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Lantana, West Palm Beach and Stuart, Florida Microcap and Penny Stock Fraud and Misrepresentation Litigation, FINRA Arbitration and Elder Abuse Attorney:

SEC Announces Charges in Scheme to Secretly Enable Lawbreakers to Run Microcap Company

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced fraud charges against four individuals and a microcap company for concealing from investors that two lawbreakers ran the company.

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